The Persons Involved

(Die Beteiligten)

GDR, 1988, 99 min, color
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

In spring 1964, the body of Christa Gellert is dragged out of the Elbe River. City councilor Stegmeier and his colleague Anna Sell claim that the young woman was with them on a business trip when she drowned picking pussywillows. As Officer Gregor questions the persons involved in the case, he begins to uncover a complex web of motives and clues.

Commentary

The script for this crime story is based on a real-life case which occured in the early 1960s. Due to censorship in the wake of the 11th Socialist Unity Party Plenum, the film was not made for over 20 years. In the end, the production that was intended to be Horst E. Brandt's directorial debut became the final film he ever made.

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